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Special Collection

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Special Collection During COVID-19

We are offering special curbside collections at a reduced rate. The pick-up fee (normally $60) will now be $15, all other fees will still apply. (E.g., a curbside pick-up of a couch will now be $20 instead of $65). Special collection pick up days are Wednesdays and Saturdays during this time.

What is a Special Collection?

We offer several types of special collections for your large items and/or waste materials for a fee. These items include:

  • Large piles of unbundled branches or brush
  • Major household appliances
  • Large / bulky items such as discarded furniture, household equipment, and excessive clean-outs which exceed size and weight limitations

Cost Estimate

A cost estimate and specific details regarding each type of special collection can be obtained by contacting us at (414) 471-8422.

To avoid or lessen these charges, you are encouraged to dispose of the above items at the Drop-Off Center on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

How to Schedule a Special Collection

A special collection may be arranged by calling us at (414) 471-8422. We will provide an estimate and arrange for a pick-up.

Appliance Special Pick-Ups

If you want to dispose of an appliance containing Freon Mercury Switches or PCB Capacitors, we can help. You have two options:

  • We will pick them up at your curb for a $90 fee ($60 for pick up and $30 for recycling processing) for the 1st appliance and a $30 pick up fee for each additional appliance picked up on the same trip.
  • You may take each item to the Drop-Off Center for a $30 fee per item.

Sample Items

  • Air Conditioner
  • Freezers
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Compactors
  • Furnaces
  • Refrigerators
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Garbage Disposals
  • Stoves / Ranges
  • Dishwashers
  • Heat Pumps
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Mercury Vapor Lamps
  • Water Heaters
  • Fluorescent Light Fixtures
  • Televisions

Fee Example 1 Item

Dishwasher Recycling Processing Fee $30

Pick-Up Fee $60

Total $90

Fee Example 2 Items

Dishwasher Recycling Processing Fee $30

Pick-Up Fee $60
Furnace Recycling Processing Fee $30

Pick-Up Fee $0

Total $120

Fee Example 3 Items

Dishwasher Recycling Processing Fee $30

Pick-Up Fee $60
Furnace Recycling Processing Fee $30

Pick-Up Fee $0
Water Heater Recycling Processing Fee $30

Pick-Up Fee      $0

Total $150

Bulky Item Pick-Ups

We can assist if you want to dispose of bulky household items. We will pick them up at your curb for a fee of $60 for pick up and $5 per item.  Household items are also accepted at the Drop-Off Center with applicable fees.

Sample Item Fee
Overstuffed Chair or Sofa $65 ($60 pick up fee + $5)
Overstuffed Chair and Table (2 Items) $70 ($60 pick up fee + $5 +$5)
Mattress or Box Spring  $65 ($60 pick up fee + $5)
5 Additional Boxes/Bags $65 ($60 pick up fee + $5 for each 5 boxes/bags)
10 Additional Boxes/Bags $70 ($60 + $5 + $5)
Uncut Carpeting $105 minimum charge

Yard Waste Special Pick-Ups

We will collect yard waste curbside for a minimum $105 pick-up fee. You can take it to the Drop Off Center for a $5 single use permit fee or $20 annual yard waste permit. To set up a special yard waste pick up:

  • Call us at (414) 471-8422
  • We will review your request to make sure it complies with our program
  • You must sign a written approval form
  • Material will then be collected within 10 days, typically on a Friday
Sample Item Fee
Unbundled Brush and Branches from Private Property
(no grass or leaves)
$105 minimum charge
Storm Damage Brush, Branches from City trees Free After Receiving Approval From a Public Works Supervisor

Tires are only accepted at the Drop Off Center

  • Passenger Tires $5 each
  • Large Tires $10 each

Fees For Residential Drop-offs

A $5 per load, per trip permit can be purchased at the Drop Off Center on Tuesdays & Saturdays from 7:30am - 4:00pm.


For more information, please email the Department of Public Works Operations Division or call (414) 471-8422.